How to lubricate a handgun with PFPE Grease

This will be a very straight-forward guide on how to maintain your handgun, and how to properly clean and lubricate the gun. Whether it if after each range trip or in some cases when you store it for a long period of time, this step-by-step guide will tell you how to properly lubricate a gun using quality grease.

STEP 1. Disassemble the handgun

When you are ready to clean and lubricate your gun, make sure it’s within 24 hrs since you last used it. This is to prevent the grease and oil to harden and turn into small lumps or buildups. So to start off, if you have a license to carry, you will be able to take a part the slide, barrel, and the frame.

STEP 2. Degrease if needed 

Since most handguns don’t require a lot of grease, it is often fine for you to just wipe off the old grease, and directly apply the new grease onto the areas. However, depending on the excess of old grease you see on your handgun, you  need to use a solvent to remove it completely and then reapply the grease. Keep in mind that PFPE grease often require a special solvent, as regular solvents won’t be able to remove the PFPE grease.

STEP 3. Apply the grease onto the slide, barrel, and frame.

Please use the following image to see where grease is needed, yellow symbol indicates grease point. Usually one drop of grease is enough, and make sure to wipe off any excess.

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STEP 4. Reassemble the handgun and wipe off the excess.

Lastly, put the parts together and let the handgun sit for a couple of minutes, to make sure if there’s any excess seeping out. If you see excess grease, always use a soft cloth to wipe it off.

As a last piece of advice, always recommend using PFPE grease for lubricating handguns, there are other alternatives out there, and most likely cheaper option too. However, those options are always going to be inferior to PFPE grease due to the wide temperature range PFPE grease has. Many hydrocarbon and other petrochemical-based greases have a tendency to degrade and wear away during extreme temperatures.